Manuscript Collections - Walter Engel Papers

March 13, 2020

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1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (4 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Walter Engel was born in Vienna in 1911 and graduated from university in 1932 with a degree in literature. From 1932 to 1938 Engel, under the stage name Walter Martin, was part of the acting guild Political Kaberet, which performed satirical anti-Nazi plays. In 1938 Engel moved to the United States and acted in New York with other Austrian and German immigrants in troupes such as the Players from Abroad and the Vienna Theater Group. Engel enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. After the war he worked as a reporter with the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) from 1947-1957.  Engel returned to Washington in 1969 where he was active in theater, writing scripts, translation, and lecturing on German and Austrian literature until his death on January 28, 1990.


The collection is divided into two series:

The PERSONAL FILES consist primarily of correspondence, most in German. Includes correspondence with Thomas Mann commenting on Engel’s thesis on Mann and the middle class. There are several items regarding Austrian history. Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

The PROFESSIONAL FILES contain lectures, scripts, theater, translations, playbills, photographs, sheet music, and minutes. Most of the material is in German. Topics include: German and Austrian Literature, Vienna Theater Group, Players From Abroad, American foreign policy, Voice of America, and Radio in the American Sector. Arranged alphabetically by type of material.



Box      Contents

1          Biography, undated
                     Bohm, Wolfgang, 1987
                     Daicher, Lawrence, 1953
                     Engel, Emil, 1938-1939 (father)
                     Ewing, Gordon, 1971-1982
                     Huterer, Christine, 1984-1986
                     Jarka, Horst, 1976-1984
                     Kaiser, Konstantin, 1985
                     Kaufman, George, undated
                     Kielinger, Thomas, 1986-1989
                     Koch, Renate, 1977
                     Lawrence, Gertrude, 1940
                     Lawrence, Robert, 1984
                     Loewy, Ernst, 1976
                     Maddox, Brenda, 1985
                     Mann, Klaus, 1948
                     Mann, Thomas, 1930 (includes Engel paper on Mann and middle class)
                     Metzel, Lothar, 1976-1983
?                   Peisen, Fedridand, 1980
                     Spira, Bil, 1980-1990
                     Thurber, James, 1939
                     Torberg, Freidrich, 1964-1983
                     Vujica, Elke, 1981
                     Welstch, Heinz, 1939; 1982-984
                     Wiegel, Hans, 1978-1981
                     Wilder, Thornton, 1937-1939
                     Zohn, Harry, 1981
                     Miscellaneous, 1939-1985
?          International Biographies of Central Europe’s Émigrés, 1977 (Emil Engel)
?          Notebooks, ca. 1970-1980
            Statements supporting claims against Austria, 1977
            Vienna’s Jewish history (110 Jahre Biene Stada Tempel), 1926

2          Lectures
                     American Humor, 1961
                     Austrian Literature, 1980 (2 folders, Georgetown University)
                     Austrian State Solution, 1980-1981
?                   Cabaretist in the Cold War: Gunter Neuman and RIAS, c. 1977
                     Christmas in German Poetry and Music, 1981 (Goethe Society)
                     Education and Culture in Radio, 1964
                     Egon Friedell, c. 1980
                     Hans van Kleist, 1986
                     Georg Lichtenberg, 1981
                     Thomas Mann, 1985 (George Washington University)
                     Walter Roberts, 1981
                     Satire in Eastern Europe, 1984
                     Arthur Schnitzler, 1987
                     Dr. M. Schweiben, undated
                     Friedrich Torberg, 1981
                     Totalitarian Ddiplomacy, 1950
                     Vienna’s Literature, 1980 (2 folders)
                     Hans Weigel on Political Literature, 1979
3          Scripts
                     Der Kontrabass, undated
?                   The Marshall Plan, c. 1955
                     The new humans by Ernest Angell, undated
                     Tradition and renewal by Jura Soyfer, undated
                     Photographs, 1932
                     Players from Abroad, 1939-1948
                     Pittersdorf Players, 1956-1959
                     Vienna Theater Group
                              Minutes, 1939-1940 (2 folders)
                              Sheet Music, 1939-1940
                     Faust, 1987
                     Here is New York by E. B. White, 1950
                     Von Katzen (The Cats), undated
            Voice of America – Radio in American Sector Scripts, 1969-1973 (4 folders)

4          Voice of America – Radio in American Sector Scripts, 1974-1978 and undated
                     (13 folders)